Monday, November 5, 2007

Horror on Channel 15

This week will feature a series of posts showing comic book’s reactions to the still relatively new, and possibly frightening concept of “the television” as it invaded homes and lifestyles in the 1940’s and 50’s. And just as pre-code horror then was also at it’s height of mass invasion and popularity, comic book publisher’s found a way to put their own terrifying twist on this most advanced modern technology of the day.

From the March 1952 issue of Mystery Tales #1






13 comments:

Anonymous said...

So the monster is still lurking around somewhere. Beware......
Not the ending I thought it would be. Did television turn out to be the menance they siad it would be?

Dave B.

Anonymous said...

Cool story, I like these tales that are left open ended like this. And I love that you added the neat little image at the end from the front cover.

Justin Jones said...

Interesting, tales from the crypt had also begun as a pulp comic and this story has that TFTC quality.

mr curtis said...

Of course the authorities still think it's a grisly hoax - they've probably got the same crappy coroner investigating the deaths!
"Hundreds of people drop dead that way every day!"

Anonymous said...

One you may miss if you do a keyword search is D-E-V-I-L On Your Dial from Adventures Into the Unknown 43. I could have sworn that DC did one as well but I can't find it (and I don't think you post DC stuff anyway and obviously don't post EC stuff). I thought The Stranger In Studio X from Eerie #2 was about a TV station but alas, it was a radio station. Too bad. I liked that one. (but since I already have it, it's just as well).

Karswell said...

You can read D-E-V-I-L On Your Dial here Wednesday... it's already on my schedule for this week.

It's funny how the first 4 comments from today all came within the same 7 minute time frame. Were you guys having a slumber party massacre?

Karswell said...

Also, I will absolutely post a pre-code DC story, that is, if someone can find me one that's actually worth posting. Everything from them in my current collection is pretty lightweight and non-horrific.

mr curtis said...

Alas, for me at least, it was just coincidence.
I probably would have commented earlier, but I was in awe of that splash page!
You hardly ever see zombies featuring such fantastically fully fledged facial hair...

Anonymous said...

Creepsville, man!

Anonymous said...

Great!This story was partly re-made in the Googam era as "VANDOOM!THE MAN WHO MADE A MONSTER",but is otherwise quite different.man,i wish they made cool horror shows like that today,with rumors the monsters were real,heart attacks nationwide,ah....hey it's better than the crap they show on VEGGIETALES.

Isabel said...

Old horror comics were the best, man.

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